With baseball’s Opening Day just hours away, Blast-Casters Ryan Meehan from East End Philadelphia and J-Dub from Dubsism take a hard look at the upcoming season. This isn’t you normal preview of cming baseball attractions, rather Meehan and J-Dub have compiled a full nine innings worth of baseball “locks;” things that are virtually guaranteed to happen in “America’s National Past-time” over the next six months. Like I said, this isn’t the standard set of predictions, rather these are things which will prove to be important later on, but many of them may not be on your radar right now.
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First Round Recap:
Since the tournament began, 16 rants have battled their way into the Spiteful Sixteen. The first round provided us with several blow-outs, a few close finishes and a one big upset. 6-seed John L. Smith took down 3-seed Dan Hawkins in the west region. Other than that, the seeds held pretty true in round 1.
16 rants were bounced from the tournament in the first round. Jerry Burns’s “I love Anderson, but it was a dumb fucking play;” Mike Singletary’s “Can’t coach with ’em;” and two of the four Bob Knight rants were some of the more notable participants to take an early exit.
Now it gets interesting. The match-ups are better a the results will be even closer. EVERY VOTE COUNTS! THAT MEANS YOU, GUY SKIMMING OVER THIS PAGE WITH NO INTENTION OF VOTING. AHHHHHH! ALL CAPS FOR EMPHASIS!!!!
Here are your Spiteful Sixteen match-ups:
Thanks to the end of the Miami Heat’s winning streak last night, the NBA is the leading story in the sports world this morning. To that end, why not point out a solid NBA doppelganger, such as San Antonio’s Manu Ginobli and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinijad.
The AL Central, like the NL Central, lacks the star power of the East and West divisions. No New York or LA teams make the central divisions rather…well..bland. Not that they don’t have talented teams. The Cardinals and White Sox each have a World Series victory within the last decade, which is more than you can say for the high profile, high payroll teams from LA. It’s just rare that you hear anyone mention anyone from either central division as the front runner for the Pennant. But this year the popular pick in the AL has to be the Detroit Tigers.
Less than a decade removed from a 43 win season that ranks as one of the worst in baseball history the Tigers have turned into a perennial contender. But they also did it the right way. They didn’t use Moneyball tactics. They didn’t drown the rest of the division in piles of money. They drafted properly, hired quality personnel, spent on free agents wisely and judiciously, kept their own players and let go of players that had outlived their usefulness. As a Pirates fan, I am truly envious.
And we miss Jim Leyland. All of us.
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